Board Minutes: October 16, 2019: 11:30 – 1:00PM

Present: Board members Michael O’Neill, Kay Gunter, Tiffany Ames, Olivia Aumiller, Louise Brown, Pastor Megan Filer, Tim Krueger, Ray VanTongeren and Sharon Weinhold, Coordinator. Guest was Amanda Davis, Cowlitz Co. Health Dept.

Excused: Zaheen Khan

Unexcused: none

Quorum: Yes

Welcome and Introductions: Michael welcomed everyone and thanked them for their attendance and participation.

Additions to the Agenda: None

September 18, 2019 Minutes: The Board meeting minutes were sent to Board members for their review prior to the Board meeting. The two actions listed in the minutes were completed.

Motion to approve the September 18, 2019 Network Board meeting minutes as presented: Tiffany; second: Kay. The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Grant Status Report:

Current Grants Status:

-Financial Literacy Training ($10,000). This funding for Financial Literacy Training is available for one year through June 30, 2020, and will be used to train at-risk youth and families who live in poverty or have very low incomes, are homeless or at risk of homelessness, or are financially vulnerable. Amount expended through September 30, 2019, $2,269; amount reimbursed, $1,702.

-Behavioral Health Grant Help for At-Risk Youth with Behavioral Issues in Child Care ($22,900). This funding for Behavioral Health training is available for two years through June 30, 2021. The funding will be used to help children with behavioral challenges in child care by providing training for childcare providers and family members who work with and/or have children with behavioral challenges. Amount expended through September 30, 2019, $3,107; amount reimbursed, $2,143.

-Draw the Line ($750). This funding will be used to host a Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking during the 2019 calendar year. Several ideas were presented to the Board. A new idea presented was an essay contest. More information on this idea and the others will follow below.

Approval of Expenditures:

The Itemized Voucher amounting to $3,016.41 was presented to the Network Board for review and approval. The bills presented were:

Invoice #531-2019       Cowlitz County Purchasing Svc, Phone, August 2019                 $     16.41

Invoice #2019 11T       Cowlitz County Treasurer, September payroll/processing         $3,000.00

Payroll for the period September 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019 was $2,507.56, which includes the cost of the payroll and associated employer costs. Payroll processing charges were $54.66. As of September 30, 2019, the balance in the checking account used for payroll and payroll processing was $3,194. All other Network funds are held with the Cowlitz County Treasurer’s Office.

Motion to approve the voucher as presented: Louise; second: Olivia. The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Financial Literacy Training:

-Grant Details. The Financial Literacy Grant funding is for training at-risk youth and families who are financially vulnerable. The training topics are geared to the audience and may include Bank on It, Setting Financial Goals, Borrowing Basics, Saving for Cars/College/Housing and more depending on the audience.

-The Network presented Money Smart training to 25 people from the Life Skills Class at Life Works on October 3. There was good discussion and participation in the learning activities. Feedback was excellent and everyone said they learned something new that they can use.

-The Network is scheduled to present Financial Literacy training to Columbia Wellness clients on November 6, February 26 and April 22, at 11:15am and 4:30pm each of those days.

-The Network is scheduled to present Financial Literacy training to the Holland Reunion Group at Lifeworks on December 19.

-The Network will participate in the CAP Resource Fair on October 17 and share money management tips and information to manage and improve a credit score.

-Other opportunities being explored include training at Loowit HS, Elementary Schools, Phoenix House and Juvenile Facility.

ACTION: Provide contact at Phoenix House who can help schedule Financial Literacy training. (Olivia)

Behavioral Health Grant:

-Grant Details. The Behavioral Health Grant funding provides technical assistance and training for child care providers who serve children with behavioral issues, and offers training and resources for family members who have children with behavioral challenges.

– Conscious Discipline training was presented to the childcare providers, organizations that serve families and children, and family members on September 30 at New Song Worship Center. Twenty seven people participated. Feedback was excellent. Several attendees have since joined the book club and have contacted the Network for resource information and support.

-The Network is scheduled to present Conscious Discipline training to the Foster Parent support group on October 21.

-The Network is scheduled to present NEAR training to the Lower Columbia School Garden’s staff and volunteers on November 21.

-The Network is scheduled to present Conscious Discipline training to the Holland Reunion Group at Lifeworks on December 19.

-The second book club meeting to discuss Becky Bailey’s book Managing Emotional Mayhem, was held on October 15. The 25 participants were from Childcare Centers, Love Overwhelming, LifeWorks, Lower Columbia CAP, Longview School District, and parents. Most worked with children with behavior challenges; many were parents with children with severe behavior challenges. The key takeaways from the meeting were: spend time with your children, even if is cooking or cleaning with them; give positive attention to good behavior – a smile, a touch, or praise; calm yourself before you try to calm the child. There was a long discussion about the lack of coordination between the schools and parents with children that have special needs. This makes it difficult to help these children succeed. Care coordinators have a role in improving this.

ACTION: Provide brochures that outline the role of Care Coordinators. (Michael)

-The Longview Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition has invited the Network to their October 17 meeting. They had contacted the Network regarding ACEs training. Work is ongoing with the Cowlitz Tribe to find a time to present Conscious Discipline training for their childcare staff later in the year.

-The Network is working with Life Works to schedule Right Response Training.

ACTION: Work together to schedule a time for the Right Response Training. (Tiffany and Kay)

Community Charter Meeting: Community Charter members met on October 3 for the second time in 2019. Twenty seven people participated; two organizations joined and became new members. The goals of the meeting were to: 1-Increase referrals inter-agency by increasing knowledge of child serving programs and services in Cowlitz County and 2-Identify a focus area for 2020 and recruit participants for a Community Charter sub-committee that will meet and identify action steps under this focus area. After discussions and prioritization of potential areas, two were identified as the focus areas to work on in 2020. They are:

1-Expand training for childcare providers, teachers, parents and anyone who makes contact with children or adults who have experienced trauma. Require childcare providers and school teachers to take a set amount of social emotional training classes so they can work better with children with behavior challenges.

2-Seek funding for affordable, quality childcare in Cowlitz County. Money is needed for new facilities to increase capacity and to support those with special needs, for specialized training for childcare providers and school teachers who work with children with behavior challenges, and for guidance from others already doing this kind of child care.

Sixteen people signed up to work on a committee to identify the actions steps for these focus areas. The first committee meeting is scheduled for November 21.

ACTION: Reserve a meeting location and invite those who indicated an interest in working on a committee to list action steps for the two focus areas identified at the Community Charter meeting. (Sharon)

Health Forum: The Network participated in the first phase of the Health Care Forums. The second phase has changed and will include a poster display to ask people to respond and add their comments, three Town Hall meetings in north, middle and south Cowlitz County and a wrap-up event in January. The Network will be invited to participate if/when ACEs or Conscious Discipline is addressed.

Draw the Line:

A number of ideas have been explored to meet the requirements of a Town Hall meeting that addresses underage drinking. A new idea has surfaced that has Board member interest – an essay contest. The idea is to partner with a school(s) and the Longview Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and invite students to enter a healthy living essay contest. Students would write an essay of 1,000 words or less to describe how they came to the decision to choose a healthy lifestyle, which includes staying alcohol and drug free or giving up drugs and alcohol. The contest would run for three weeks beginning October 21; awards would be given to the top three entries. At a Town Hall meeting the winners would be recognized, read their essays and receive their awards.

ACTION: Develop a plan for the Town Hall meeting and essay contest. (Sharon)

ACTION: Meet with Scott Merzoian, principal of Monticello Middle School to see if they would be willing to partner and host the Town Hall meeting. (Sharon)

ACTION: Present the idea to the Longview Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition to gain their support. (Sharon)

Review/Feedback on Events:

-Early Learning Conference, “Deep Dive into Early Learning” October 5. Excellent conference. Keynote speaker discussed trauma in early childhood, how it manifests in young children and their families, and ways early childhood caregivers and parents can support healing. Very relevant to the Network’s work.

Upcoming Events:

-Parent Support Group, begins October 30, meets Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm, for 10 weeks, Youth & Family Link.

-NAMIs Cowlitz County office will close October 31; services will continue.

-Town Hall & Youth Panel, November 7, 5:30pm, Youth & Family Link. (The Network will have a resource table.)

-FYSPR meetings, third Tuesday of every month, 4:30–6pm, Youth and Family Link.

-Book Club meetings, 3rd Tuesday of every month through January, Head Start.

ACTION SUMMARY:

ACTION: Provide contact at Phoenix House who can help schedule Financial Literacy training. (Olivia)

ACTION: Provide brochures that outline the role of Care Coordinators. (Michael)

ACTION: Work together to schedule a time for the Right Response Training. (Tiffany and Kay)

ACTION: Reserve a meeting location and invite those who indicated an interest in working on a committee to list action steps for the two focus areas identified at the Community Charter meeting. (Sharon)

ACTION: Develop a plan for the Town Hall meeting and essay contest. (Sharon)

ACTION: Meet with Scott Merzoian, principal of Monticello Middle School to see if they would be willing to partner and host the Town Hall meeting. (Sharon)

ACTION: Present the idea to the Longview Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and gain their support. (Sharon)

Next Meeting: November 20, 2019

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